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IL Crews Help Fight Western Fires

The Illinois Wildland Fire Crew, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), assisted with wildland firefighting efforts during a recent two-week deployment, assisting with fire fights in Idaho and Montana. 

 

On July 17, 20 members of the Illinois crew joined fire crews from Pennsylvania, Vermont and West Virginia that were deployed to the Northern Rockies Dispatch Center and were immediately assigned to work the Powerline Complex fire in west-central Idaho. This lightning-caused fire involved approximately 23,000 acres of grass and open timber burning actively in very steep terrain along the Snake River, including the deepest canyon in North America, with steep slopes, loose rocks, and summer temperatures ranging from 30 degrees at night to 105 degrees during the day.  Given the hazardous terrain and conditions, firefighter safety, as always, was the crew’s top priority.

 

The Illinois crew and counterparts from one of two Pennsylvania crews worked to build and secure 1.5 miles of critical hand-hewn fire line on steep, rugged terrain.  The line tied into a previous fire line and the Snake River. The fire teams then backfired from that line to hold the advancing fire front. Using this backfiring method, along with two days of aerial ignitions, the total burn area was held to about 45,000 acres.

 

The Illinois crew was released from the Powerline Complex on July 25 and reassigned to the Meyers Fire near Phillipsburg, Montana.  This 3,300-acre lightning-caused fire was in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest south of Missoula. Illinois crew members were engaged in widening and improving a dozer trail firebreak near several Forest Service cabins and private summer homes.  The work involved removing ladder fuels (small 3-ft. to 10-ft. trees), felling 50-ft. to 90-ft. lodgepole pine and subalpine fir, as well as clearing dead and downed trees off the line. As the summer wears on, fuel drying continues to hamper fire containment. This critical line will serve again as a backfiring line to burn out around the residential area and nearby campground. 

 

Wildland fire crew deployments are planned for approximately 18 days in duration. The Illinois crew returned home safely on August 2.  The Illinois crew consists of IDNR personnel, as well as Illinois-based firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local fire department firefighters. All expenses of the deployments are covered by the U.S. Forest Service through an interagency agreement with the IDNR Division of Forest Resources. 

 

“The knowledge and leadership gained for our Illinois wildland firefighters on these types of deployments is extremely valuable, and helps to better prepare us should we need to respond elsewhere, or right here in Illinois,” said Tom Wilson, IDNR State Forester.  “We hear all the time from our federal partners and local officials at the scene of these wildland fires how much they appreciate the hard work and dedication of our Illinois crew.” 

 

Illinois Interagency Wildland Fire Crew members deployed this summer include:

 

Tom Wilson – IDNR Forestry

Tom Gargrave – IDNR Forestry

Dave Griffith – IDNR Forestry

Ben Snyder – IDNR Forestry

Chris Bickers – IDNR Fisheries

Rich Lewis – IDNR Planning

Ray Geroff – IDNR Natural Heritage

Jacob Shurpit – IDNR Land Management

Brad Semel – IDNR Natural Heritage

Bryan Eubanks – IDNR Wildlife

Phil Cox – IDNR Private Lands                                                        

Curt Timmer – Firefighter, Freeport

Curt Martin – Firefighter, Fox Lake

Alan O’Brien – Firefighter, Lake Villa

Jesse Riechman – U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Dan Reuscher – U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Jonny Walker – U.S. Forest Service

Hugo Goulet Papazian – Contract Administrator

Cody Langen – Contract Administrator

Toby Warren – Contract Administrator

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Sen Grassley Says Epipen Settlement is Disappointing

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa has been investigating the cost increases for EpiPen to consumers and whether the taxpayers have been shortchanged under EpiPen’s misclassification under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program.  He made the following comment today on a settlement announced between the Justice Department and EpiPen maker Mylan over the misclassification.  The case is a False Claims Act qui tam, or whistleblower, case.  Grassley authored the qui tam amendments to the False Claims Act that the Justice Department credits with helping to recover more than $53 billion to the U.S. Treasury.

 

“There are serious problems here.  It looks like the settlement amount shortchanges the taxpayers.  The government’s own watchdog said the taxpayers may have overpaid for EpiPen by as much as $1.27 billion over 10 years.  The Justice Department doesn’t say how it arrived at $465 million for a similar time period.  Did the Justice Department consider the inspector general estimate?  If not, why not?   

 

“Another problem is why CMS and Mylan did nothing about the misclassification until a lawsuit forced them to act.   CMS provided records to the Judiciary Committee that show CMS had concerns about how EpiPen was misclassified years ago, yet Mylan failed to correct the classification, and CMS failedto require the company to fix the problem.  The agency failed the taxpayers, and the Obama Administration allowed the problem to go on for years. 

 

“The settlement is a disappointment.  The agencies that are supposed to look out for taxpayers should not be pulling their punches.  A company got away with overcharging the taxpayers for a long time.  If there’s any good news, it’s that EpiPen will be classified the right way going forward.  That should have been done years ago.  It’s too bad it took a lawsuit to force the right decision.  Thank goodness for the False Claims Act that made this possible.” 

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Weekend Fire In Bettendorf

 On Saturday, August 19 at approximately 7:00 p.m., Bettendorf Fire was dispatched to a structure fire in the 1800 block of Sutton Place. When firefighters arrived, fire was burning through the roof of a two story apartment complex.

 

The fire was under control at approximately 7:55 p.m. and was extinguished at approximately 9:00 p.m. Firefighters monitored a few hot spots overnight. All occupants of the six apartment complex were displaced. Red Cross assisted in finding accommodations.

 

There were no injuries to any of the occupants. A firefighter sustained minor injuries.

 

The building suffered extensive damage.  There are no damage estimates at this time.

 

Riverdale Fire, Rock Island Arsenal, and Davenport Fire were also on scene.

 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Bustos Announces Funding For Ag Programs

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced $112,365 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The Rural Energy for America Program was established to increase American energy independence and lower the cost of energy for producers through energy-efficiency improvements and the development of renewable energy systems. The grants awarded will be used for 3 energy-efficiency and renewables projects in Henry and Stephenson Counties that are projected to save more than $100,000 annually, and produce enough energy to power 44 homes per year.

 

“By investing in our rural and agricultural economy, we can create jobs, increase renewable energy use and improve the quality of life in towns across America’s heartland,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “These Rural Development dollars will allow our farmers and small business owners to take necessary steps to increase energy-efficiency and keep our producers competitive in today’s economy. Agriculture is the backbone of our nation’s economy, and with these initiatives we will continue to invest in the long term health and prosperity of our region.”

 

Specifically, the REAP funding has been awarded as follows: $72,365 for High Plains Pork, Inc. in Stephenson County; $20,000 Gary Lee Asay in Henry County; and $20,000 to the Community State Bank of Galva in Henry County.

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IL Job Growth Remains Sluggish

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent in July and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. June job growth was revised down to show an increase of +6,400 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +8,600 jobs.

July’s monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. In the first seven months of 2017, payroll growth is growing twice as fast as 2016, but growing at half the pace of 2015 for the same seven-month period.

“The strong employment growth exhibited in the U.S. is not being felt in Illinois,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Nonfarm payroll growth in the state remains anemic and labor force participation continues to decline.”

“The modest gains in Illinois continue to lag behind the rest of the nation,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We need reforms to provide business owners relief and incentives to make our state not only competitive, but attractive to bring good jobs back to Illinois.”

In July, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Professional and Business Services (+6,200); Leisure and Hospitality (+4,000); and Other Services (+1,800). The largest payroll declines were in the following sectors: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,700); Education and Health Services (-3,200); and Construction (-1,800).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +33,200 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in July: Professional and Business Services (+20,700); Leisure and Hospitality (+11,600); and Financial Activities (+9,500). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-10,700); Construction (-4,300); and Government (-2,300). The +0.7 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is about one-half as strong as the +1.5 percent gain posted by the nation in July.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.5 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for July 2017, which decreased to 4.3 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -1.0 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. At 4.8 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands -0.9 percentage points lower than January 2017.

The number of unemployed workers increased +2.0 percent from the prior month to 308,200, down -18.6 percent over the same month for the prior year. This was the second consecutive over-the-month gain in the number of unemployed persons. The labor force decreased -0.4 percent over-the-month and declined by -1.2 percent in July over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL). IJL recently showed 65,578 posted resumes with 177,457 jobs available.

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Upcoming Suicide Programs

Suicide among young people is not easy to discuss, but it is still a topic that cannot be ignored. Many people may not realize that suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 13 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To inform the community about this vital concern, Mickle Communications of Davenport, IA, has created the prime-time special, If You Only Knew: The Journey Through Teen Depression and Suicide. The special will air on these television and radio stations (check local listings for times):

WQPT (Quad-Cities PBS) as a documentary, Sept. 7.

WHBF (Quad-Cities PBS affiliate) as a prime-time news special, Sept. 10.

KGCW (Quad Cities CW) as a prime-time news special, Sept. 11.

WVIK (NPR) as a continuing series podcast, Sept. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22.

  

“As the father of teenage children, it saddens me whenever I hear of a teen suicide,” said Mike Mickle, Executive Producer of If You Only Knew. “While the statistics are alarming, even one teenage suicide is devastating, and steps need to be taken to educate the community at every level.”

 

If You Only Knew features families who have lost children to suicide, as well as a young woman who attempted suicide several times as a teenager, but found the help she needed. The original documentary first aired on WQPT in March 2016. It was nominated for a Mid-America Emmy, and is currently available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

 

“The new prime-time television special will be different from the original documentary,” Mickle said. “It will include a more recent story of one family’s tragic loss. You will also learn what some young people have to endure when you hear anonymous social media messages sent to a Quad-City teenager. In the studio, we will have a frank discussion with experts. Plus, mental health specialists from Vera French will be standing by to take phone calls on both nights.”

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Trudy Appleby

On Monday, August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will cast a shadow over the Quad Cities, but that shadow will be brief compared to the much larger shadow that’s been cast over the Quad Cities for the last twenty one years.

Twenty one years ago, on August 21, 1996, eleven year old Trudy Appleby was last seen near her residence, getting into the passenger side of an older model, gray colored vehicle with an unknown male.

Over the course of the last twenty one years, thousands of leads have come into the Moline Police Department and thousands of interviews have been conducted.

The Moline Police Department has been informed that on the days leading up to August 21, 1996, Trudy Appleby requested to go swimming with a friend who resided on Campbell’s Island in East Moline. Trudy’s father did not allow her to go swimming, but phone records show she may have planned to go ahead with her swimming plans.

A witness observed William “Ed” Smith in a similar vehicle near Smith’s residence in East Moline on Campbell’s Island in the late morning hours on August 21, 1996.

The witness observed a younger female in the passenger seat of that vehicle and believed that person to be Trudy Appleby whom was personally known by the witness. The vehicle passed within a couple feet of the witness. Trudy Appleby’s whereabouts are unknown after the vehicle drove by and no other witnesses have come forward with information on any further sightings.

Information obtained from the investigation showed that William “Ed” Smith often traveled to the area of Blackbird Island or Dynamite Island, which are only accessible by boat and are on the northern edge of Campbell’s Island.

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Shooting, 1300 West 13th Street

On Tuesday August 15th, 2017 at approximately 7:16 pm Davenport Police responded to the 1300 block of West 13th Street reference shots fired and a shooting victim.  Upon arrival Officers located a juvenile female victim in the alley.  She was transported to Genesis hospitals and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Shots Fired, 1300 W. 13th St. Davenport

On Tuesday August 15th, 2017 at approximately 04:14 am Davenport Police responded to 1300 W 13th St reference multiple reports of shots fired.  Responding units found multiple casings in the street and a residence in the 1300 block of W. 13th Street was struck.  No injuries were reported.

The Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Busy Morning For Moline Police Department

At approximately 7:25 A.M. Moline Police Department responded to the area of 12th Street and 12th Avenue in reference to a Violation of an Order of Protection incident which started in Bettendorf, Iowa. 

The victim called 911 and was giving Centre Police and Fire updated locations of the suspect, Fredrick L. Gay, male/37 years old.

Fredrick Gay got out of his vehicle near the intersection of 7th Street and 19th Avenue and the victim observed him with a firearm. Fredrick Gay then allegedly discharged his firearm as he was running westbound towards 20th Avenue.

A Moline Police Detective Sergeant en route to work observed Fredrick Gay running westbound and entered into a foot pursuit with him, following him to a residence in the 500 block 20th Avenue.

The sergeant waited for backup officers.  A witness observed Gay open up an upstairs window and throw something out on the roof.

Several residents exited the residence immediately and shortly after that Fredrick L. Gay exited the residence and was taken into custody. Fredrick L. Gay was transported to the Moline Police Department to be interviewed.

No injuries were reported. Fredrick L. Gay was transported to the Rock Island County jail on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and violation of an order of protection and several unrelated warrants. 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-797-0406. 

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Senior Golf Cart Tour In September


The Friends of the Bettendorf Park Foundation is sponsoring the Senior Golf Cart Tour on Monday, September 11, 2017.  The event will consist of a tour of Bettendorf’s Duck Creek Recreation Trail from Palmer Hills Golf Course to Devils Glen Park and back. Transportation on the trail will be by golf carts provided by Palmer Hills Golf Course and M&M Golf Cars. The carts may be operated by a participant or an operator will be provided. Stops will be made at several sites along the way. The tours will be approximately two hours round trip and will depart at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Parking for the tour will be at Palmer Hills Golf Course parking lot, 2999 Middle Road. The tours are limited to no more than 70 people per tour. There is no fee. Liquid refreshments will be provided. 

 

Reservations are required. Online registrations, phone registrations, and walk in registrations will begin on September 1, 2017.  To register online, go to www.bettendorf.org/register. Deadline for registration is 4:00 p.m. September 8, 2017 or until full. 

 

The rain date for the event is Tuesday, September 12. 

 

For more information, call Bettendorf Parks & Recreation at 563-344-4113

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IowaWORKS To Host Job Fair

 IowaWORKS will host a Veteran/Community Job and Resource Fair to assist service members and the community in securing employment. Social Service agencies will also be available to showcase the many resources offered in the area. 

 

The event will be Thursday, Aug. 17 from 12-2 pm for Veterans - 2-4 pm for the general public at the Iowa National Guard Armory, 3615 N. Brady St., Davenport.

 

 “We hope to connect veterans and their friends with great employers in the area, help employ them and enable them to provide for their families to in turn create a stronger community,” James Stout, Veteran Representative at IowaWORKS, said.

 

Employers Include: John Deere; Olympic Steel; Ascentra Credit Union; Iowa State Patrol; MEDIC EMS; AAA Employment; Promotional Support Services Inc.; Volt Workforce Solutions; Durham School Services; Unity Point Health – Trinity; Marco Group International; Jumer’s Casino & Hotel; Hy-Vee; Rock Island Arsenal Physical Security; Quad Cities Army Recruiting; City of Moline; KWQC-TV6; Kraft Heinz Company; ServPro; Local 25 Plumbers &  Pipefitters JATC; TanTara Transportation Corp.; Musco Lighting; Davenport Lowes; Tri-City Electric Co.; Uniparts Olsen, Inc.; HNI; HON & AllSteel; Millwright LU 2158; MetroLINK; Per Mar Security; Rhythm City Casino Resort; Cintas Corporation; WIS International; Goodwill; Guardian Industries; LeClaire Manufacturing Company; Isle of Capri Hotel Bettendorf; Temp Associates RJK; Iowa 80 Truck Stop; Target; Nestle Purina Petcare; DES Employment Group; Good Samaritan Society; Kelly Services; Von Maur; University of Iowa; Performance Foodservice Group; Iowa American Water Company; Hill & Valley; Mediacom; H&R Block; Elliott Aviation; Wells Fargo Bank; Tyson; City of Davenport;  Sodexo and St. Ambrose University/KALA-FM. 

Prior to the event, IowaWORKS will offer resume writing and interviewing skills training at  902 W. Kimberly Rd., Suite 51 in Davenport, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  --  Wednesday, 9 am 4:30 pm.  

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Motor Vehicle Crash, 9th St. & Division St.

On Sunday at 1:57 am, Davenport Police Responded to 9th Street at Division Street in reference to a motor vehicle crash where one of the vehicles struck a house. 

A vehicle was southbound on Division Street in the far west lane when it was struck on the right side by a vehicle that was eastbound on West 9th Street when it failed to stop for the stop sign and struck the southbound vehicle.  After the crash, both units continued in an easterly direction before coming to rest.  The eastbound vehicle came to rest against the house at 1727 West 9th Street.  The house did not suffer significant damage and the injuries are not life threatening.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle was cited for Stop Sign and No Insurance.

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Bettendorf Open House on August 29

The public is invited to attend an open house presentation to discuss food trucks in the City of Bettendorf. The open house will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at City Hall/Council Chambers, 1609 State Street.

Topics include:

·       Brief presentation

·       Q&A session

·       Fill out a survey

 

At this time, there are no regulations or ordinances relating to food trucks in Bettendorf. The goal of the open house is to bring awareness and collect public opinion on the topic.

 

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Upcoming Fundraiser for the Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation

: Attention vehicle buyers and sellers! Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation will present the For Sale By Owner event on Saturday, September 16 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday September 17 from noon-5:00 p.m. The event will be held in the parking lot at Faye’s Field, 2850 18th Street.

 

This is an opportunity for owners of motorized vehicles such as cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, boats, and motor homes (including 5th wheels and other pull behind campers) to sell their vehicles at one community-wide sale. Individuals interested in buying these vehicles will be able to view multiple vehicles at one time and location.  The vehicles will be displayed in the parking lot on Saturday, September 16 from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 17 from noon-5:00 p.m. only.  All transactions are private between the buyer and the seller.

 

For more information contact the Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department at 563-344-4464.

 

The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide funding for educational and recreation programs and special projects sponsored by the Foundation.

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Putnam Museum to Host Annual Monarch Butterfly Workshop

 

 

Calling all butterfly enthusiasts! The Putnam Museum & Science Center will again be hosting their annual Monarch Butterfly Workshop on Saturday, August 19 from 10am – 2pm. Participants will be able to experience a workshop, crafts, slideshow, movie and even get to take home a caterpillar of their own!

 

“We always look forward to our annual Monarch Workshop,” said Octavia Houtekier-Boyd, Vice President of Education at the Putnam Museum & Science Center. “It is a wonderful opportunity for families to have fun and learn together, all while contributing to the survival of the Monarch Butterfly.”

Day packages for the Monarch Workshop are $11 and include:

 

·        Butterfly Care Workshop; 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.

·        Crafts & Activities; 10a.m. – 2p.m.

·        Monarch Butterfly Slideshow; 12:15p.m.

·        Flight of the Butterflies 3D on the GIANT Screen; 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.

·        PLUS, one caterpillar to take home!

Workshop and caterpillar only tickets are $6 and extra caterpillars are available for $3 each. Spots are limited and registration is required for this event. For more information or to register please call 563-324-1933 or go to http://www.putnam.org/Calendar/Monarch-Butterfly-Workshop

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Rock Island Cops and Firefighters for Christmas Fundraiser

 

The “Cops and Firefighters for Christmas” program has been a part of Rock Island Police and Fire Departments for the past 15 years. The program brings together policemen and firefighters with a needy child to assist in shopping for Christmas gifts for their families as well as themselves. This yearly event has helped create many positive interactions between local students and their police and firemen.

 

This Saturday August 12th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at and in conjunction with the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Moline, members of the Rock Island Police Department and Fire Department along with volunteers will be collecting donations for our annual “Cops and Firefighters for Christmas” program.

 

To help fundraising efforts, members of the Police and Fire Departments will be selling brats, hot dogs, chips and drinks as well. All proceeds will go towards the December 2017 event.

 

Donations for the “Cops for Christmas” program can also be made to the Rock Island Police Department, 1212 5th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201.       

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IRS Info

Scammers posing as representatives with the Internal Revenue Service are getting wise to the fact that the public is now wise to their act and they are seeking other avenues to try and steal taxpayer’s money.

Michael Devine with the IRS in St Louis says scammers are now targeting payroll departments and accounting firms…

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Devine says that the scammers will then take their action plan to the next level…

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Devine adds that as a result of the new landscape, some folks might consider changing their withholding status…

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Free Admission To The Bix Museum Through September 1

Bix Beiderbecke Museum Waives Admission Fees through Sept. 1

As part of its inaugural month, the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive in Davenport will waive admission fees through Friday, September 1, 2017.

 

The Bix Beiderbecke Museum is in the lower level, fondly referred to as the “Root Cellar”, of the Redstone building located at 2nd and Main Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa.  This building is also home to the River Music Experience.  The new Bix Beiderbecke Museum is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

Regular admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, and $3 students (12-18 years).  For more information, visit www.bixmuseum.org

 

The new museum honors the life and music of the Bix Beiderbecke and features many original artifacts related to Beiderbecke and his colleagues, as well as a life-size figure of the cornetist in a recreation of the bandstand at Hudson Lake, Indiana.  Bix spent the summer there in 1926 playing with the Goldkette Orchestra.

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Armed Robbery, Kwik Shop 2805 Telegraph Rd.

On Thursday August 10, 2017 at 03:06 am, Davenport Police Responded to the Kwik Shop at 2805 Telegraph Rd. in reference to an armed robbery.  Two male suspects entered the store, one suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the safe.  The clerk unable to open the safe, the second suspect demanded the register opened, they then removed the cash from the register and fled.  The clerk was not injured.

The Criminal Investigation Division is following up on the incident.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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IDOL Will Inspect Rides At IL State Fair

At the 2017 Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) will conduct routine inspections of all amusement rides and attractions.  

 

On the Carnival Midway, Adventure Village, and Happy Hollows pavilions, there are more than 65 rides for fairgoers to enjoy. IDOL’s Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division inspects and permits every ride and determines if they are safe to operate. No ride is permitted to run if it does not pass inspection.

 

“We hope that everyone has a safe and fun time on the many different carnival rides at this year’s State Fair,” said IDOL Acting Director Joe Beyer. “To help accomplish that, our inspectors are onsite to examine all rides and to perform additional, unannounced safety checks.”

 

            The Department encourages riders to abide by all safety rules and ride attendant instructions including: following minimum height, weight, and health restrictions and using the required safety equipment such as seat belts, lap bars, and harnesses. Parents should also take extra precaution with their children on and around the rides. Additional safety tips are available at https://www.illinois.gov/idol/Rides/Pages/Safety-Tips.aspx.

 

Division inspectors conduct nearly 4,000 ride inspections at stationary parks, traveling carnivals, and fairs throughout the State each year.

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Serve Illinois Announces Funding For Americorp

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $17.5 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,671 AmeriCorps Members in 39 programs to serve Illinois communities.  This is an increase of $1.9 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in 20 additional counties.  These awards include $6.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service. AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.9 million in local funding.

 

AmeriCorps Members dedicate up to one year to help communities meet unmet economic, education, health, public safety, disaster preparedness, veteran services, and environmental needs.  Members may receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, health insurance, childcare, and professional development.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,815 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.

 

 “This is the largest AmeriCorps award that Illinois has seen in the 24 year history of the program,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.  “Last year, AmeriCorps Illinois served nearly 300,000 Illinoisans, including more than 180,000 disadvantaged youth; nearly 40,000 veterans, active military, and military family members; and more than 13,000 people impacted by disasters.”

 

These federal grants will be used for services in Illinois, including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, feeding those in need, providing legal support services, assisting incarcerated individuals re-enter into their communities, promoting environmental stewardship, supporting veterans, and improving youth and adult literacy.  Serve Illinois, a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.

 

“The growth of this program in Illinois is a testament to the hard work our AmeriCorps Members perform each day in their communities throughout Illinois,” said Scott McFarland. “When you see the AmeriCorps “A”, you know things are getting done.”

 

 

Since 1994, 39,000 people have served 55 million hours in Illinois through AmeriCorps.  Those hours equal more than $1.4 billion in community impact.  AmeriCorps Members have also earned $131.7 million in education awards.

 

Serve Illinois is a 40 member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bipartisan commission appointed by the Governor and administered by IDPH.  Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs.  Serve Illinois supports local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois' AmeriCorps program. For more information on the Serve Illinois and AmeriCorps, visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

 

Serve Illinois’ AmeriCorps Programs:

 

Program

Focus Areas

Counties Served

Funding

Members

American Red Cross

Disaster Services

Jo Davies, Stephenson, Carroll, Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Vermillion, Champaign, Douglas, Moultrie, Piatt, De Witt, Macon, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Hancock, McDonough, Adams, Brown, Pike, Logan, Menard, Sangamon, Cass, Morgan, Christian, Monroe, St. Clair, Clinton, Washington, Marion, Jefferson

$372,482

27

Asian Human Services

Economic Opportunity, Education, Healthy Futures

Cook

$195,825

14

Beyond Sports
*New program

Education, Healthy Futures, Economic Opportunity

Lake, Cook, Will, DuPage, Kendall

$112,677

21

Chicago HOPES for Kids
*New program

Education

Cook

$142,300

20

City of Peoria
*New program

Environmental Stewardship, Economic Opportunity

Peoria

$138,285

20

City Year Chicago

Education

Cook

$2,274,799

188

College Possible
*New program

Education

Cook

$260,000

20

East St. Louis School District #189

Education, Economic Opportunity

St. Clair

$457,477

75

First Defense Legal Aid

Other Community Priorities

Cook

$127,500

9

Gardeneers
*New program

Healthy Futures

Cook

$114,637

8

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Education

Boone, DeKalb, Kane, McHenry, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago

$167,711

19

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families

Cook

$158,482

15

Housing Forward

Economic Opportunity, Capacity Building

Cook

$166,898

12

Illinois Bar Foundation

Veteran and Military Families, Other Community Priorities

McLean, Champaign, Cook, Madison, Knox, Will, DuPage, Kankakee, Lake, Winnebago

$280,641

68

Illinois Public Health Association

Disaster Services, Healthy Futures

Lake, Cook, Ogle, Lee, Kane, McLean, Sangamon, Adams, Schuyler, Macoupin, St. Clair, Douglas

$264,622

22

Leave No Veteran Behind
*New program

Veteran and Military Families, Disaster Services

Cook

$240,380

18

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House

Education, Healthy Futures, Capacity Building, Veteran and Military Families, Economic Opportunity

St. Clair

$861,570

190

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Economic Opportunity, Education

Cook, Bureau, DuPage, Henry, Jersey, Kane, Saline, Scott

$355,808

42

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Economic Opportunity, Capacity Building

Franklin, Williamson, Jackson, Madison, St. Clair

$131,935

20

Northwestern University Settlement Association

Education, Capacity Building

Cook

$508,728

75

Public Allies

Education

Cook

$649,627

50

Rend Lake College

Education, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Opportunity

Alexander, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pulaski, Washington, Williamson, Union

$445,500

60

Relay Graduate School of Education
*New program

Education

Cook

$20,140

30

Rincon
*New program

Healthy Futures

Lake, Cook

$114,640

8

Sauk Valley Community College

Education, Capacity Building, Economic Opportunity

Whiteside, Lee, Ogle, Carroll, Bureau, Henry

$195,132

45

Schuler Family Foundation
*Program only requests education awards

Education

Cook

$0

40

Southwestern Illinois College

Education, Capacity Building

St. Clair

$372,716

68

Springfield Urban League

Education, Economic Opportunity

Sangamon

$209,902

56

Teach for America

Education

Cook

$101,500

195

Trails for Illinois
*New program

Environmental Stewardship

Pope, Jackson, Union, Hardin, Alexander, Saline, Gallatin, Johnson

$153,292

60

United Way Of Metropolitan Chicago

Education, Healthy Futures, Economic Opportunity

Cook

$168,760

12

University of Illinois - Chicago

Economic Opportunity, Capacity Building

Cook

$151,474

21

Up2Us – Coach Across America

Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families

Cook

$166,990

20

Western Illinois University

Capacity Building, Disaster Services

McDonough

$142,506

14

Western Illinois University – Quad Cities

Education

Rock Island

$211,791

35

YMCA – Rock River Valley

Education, Capacity Building

Winnebago

$141,642

26

Youth and Opportunity United, Inc. (YOU)

Education

Cook

$245,872

22

Youth Conservation Corps
*New program

Education, Economic Opportunity

Lake

$119,000

10

Youth Guidance

Education

Cook

$109,813

16

 

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Shooting, 1100 W. Locust St.

On August 9, 2017 at 1:58 am Davenport Police responded to a call of 6 – 7 shots being fired.  When officers arrived they found the victim with a bullet wound to his upper thigh area.  The victim was transported to Genesis East Hospital and was later airlifted to University of Iowa Hospital for further treatment of a serious wound.

The Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Plans For Swap-Zilla Announced

 

Floatzilla Packet Pickup Party and SWAP-ZILLA (swap meet) set forFriday, Aug. 18

 

Join River Action for the Floatzilla packet pickup party on Friday night, Aug. 18, at Credit Island Park in Davenport. 

1.      Packet Pickup 4-7 p.m.

Floatzilla participants can grab their packets and shirts to get ready for the big event on Saturday.

 2.      SWAP-ZILLA 5-7 p.m.

Bring your gear for a swap meet for outdoor items (no garage sale stuff allowed), like camping, fishing, boating and biking. Canoes and kayaks are welcome!

 3.      FAMILY FRIENDLY MUSIC and ENTERTAINMENT

The entire event is free and open to the public and includes games, kayak races and music. The tunes begin at 5:15 p.m with Floatzilla favorites (and self-described “river rats”) Frankie Joe and Kinfolk opening the riverfront show. They’ll be followed by the aquatic sound of Subatlantic with yacht rockers Chrash finishing the evening lineup.

River Action has set up a FaceBook event for the Friday concert party and swap meet: https://www.facebook.com/events/1602480639785619/

 

Register for Floatzilla (Saturday, Aug. 19) at http://www.riveraction.org/floatzilla or stop by the River Action office at 822 River Drive in Davenport. Pre-registration is only $25; price by Aug 18-19 is $30 for Floatzilla.

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Blood Donations Urgently Needed In The Final Weeks Of Summer

                                                          

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

 

In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

 

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™.*

 

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 15-31

 

IA

 

Clinton

 

Clinton

8/19/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Prince of Peace Catholic School, 312 South 4th Street

9/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Skyline Center, 2600 N 4th Street

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Lee

 

Donnellson

9/1/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Pilot Grove Bank, 516 Main Street

 

Fort Madison

8/17/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Union Presbyterian Church, 719 Avenue F

 

Keokuk

9/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 7th and Blondeau

 

IL

 

Carroll

 

Chadwick

8/17/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 221 Calvert St.

 

Shannon

8/18/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Wendelin's Catholic Church, 102 S. Linn

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Henry

 

Annawan

8/14/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 108 N. Main

 

Colona

8/31/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Patrick's Church, 201 First Street

 

Geneseo

9/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church South Campus Building, 302 N. State Street

 

Kewanee

8/9/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

8/23/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

8/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

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Lee

 

Amboy

9/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley Street

 

Ashton

9/1/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ashton-Franklin Center High School, 611 Western, PO Box 329

 

Dixon

8/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2nd and Peoria

8/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 800 Division Street

8/15/2017: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, 403 E. First Street

8/15/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, 403 E. First Street

8/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. 3rd Street

8/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Illinois Department of Transportation, 819 Depot

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Mercer

 

Aledo

8/15/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave.

 

Alexis

8/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Alexis Community Center, 204 W. Palmer Ave.

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Whiteside

 

Fulton

8/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

8/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

 

Morrison

8/30/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Morrison Resthave, 408 Maple Avenue

 

Rock Falls

8/16/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street

9/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street

 

 

 

Community partners play vital role in maintaining the blood supply

The Red Cross relies on community partners to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. About 80 percent of blood donations made to the Red Cross are through blood drives set up by community organizations, groups and businesses, such as Suburban Propane.

 

As a proud national sponsor of the Red Cross Blood Services, Suburban Propane hosts blood drives throughout the year, encourages its employees and customers to donate during the challenging summer months, and provides employee volunteers across the country in one of the largest nationwide corporate volunteer efforts in support of the Red Cross Blood Services. Suburban Propane also supports a summer public awareness advertising campaign to educate people about the constant need for blood and platelet donations.

 

To become a community partner by hosting a Red Cross blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

 

How to help

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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This is National Immunization Awareness Month

This is National Immunization Awareness Month. It serves as a perfect reminder for back to school shots, but adults may want to take notice also says Sue Grant with the McLean County Health Department.
Listen Here 
Grant also recommends adults over 60 get the shingles vaccination. Contact your local health department for more information on immunizations. 

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QC Chamber Recognition Meeting August 16

 

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding area businesses and individuals during its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the iWireless Center.

The Annual Meeting will also feature keynote speaker Bonin Bough, one of the world’s foremost-awarded marketing executives, host of CNBC’s Cleveland Hustles, author of Txt Me (646) 759-1837, and one of the youngest C-suite executives in a Fortune 50 company. Bough asserts that the way to win the talent war is to build an organizational culture of fearless talent.

The awards categories and recipients are:

The Quad Cities Innovation in Talent Development Awards recognizes businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to developing their current workforce and establishing their reputation as a company where employees flourish.

Under 50 Employees: Twin State Technical Services

Twin State Technical Services (TSTS), a Quad Cities technology firm, is receiving the Quad Cities Innovation in Talent Development Award in the small business category. TSTS is committed to helping employees meet and exceed their educational and career goals, supports a healthy work-life balance, and through a partnership with St. Ambrose University and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, are making an impact developing young talent.

“We are a firm believer in self-direction within our staff including choice in their own work assignments and career path,” says Beth Tinsman, President, Twin State Technical Services. “We understand that the hire position may not be the position they fill throughout their time with us. We dedicate substantial dollars to training in technical and personal development, and support this by paying 100% of tuition and related costs supporting to our business model, which has led to high employee retention and happy, loyal and well-qualified employees.”

Over 50 employees: RSM US LLP

RSM US LLP is an audit, tax and consulting services firm focused on the middle market.

“RSM’s talent experience and client experience are two elements of our business that go hand-in-hand and are critical to our success. By enriching our talent experience, we can create a better experience for our clients by serving them with people who understand their business. We approach talent development holistically, in a manner that helps our diverse and highly-mobile workforce achieve both their professional and personal goals,” says Ryan Weber, RSM’s Davenport Office Managing Partner. “This includes extensive paid professional development, flexibility that is woven into our culture, mentorship, and a commitment to ensuring our employees recognize they are essential contributors to the success of our firm and our clients.”

 “As the Quad Cities region advances toward Q2030, we recognize that talent will be central to transforming the region,” says Kristin Glass, Interim CEO and VP of Member Services, Quad Cities Chamber. “We are enthused by the innovative ways that each of the applicants approach talent planning and development. We want to commend those that applied for showing leadership and recognizing the important role they play in attracting and retaining a competitive workforce.”

Companies receiving honorable mention for their commitment to talent development include:

Bush Construction, City of Davenport, Estes Construction, Integrity Integrated, Mandala Integrative Health, Manpower, MediaLink, Molyneaux, Robert Half, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, Russell, St. Ambrose University, Terracon, and Van Meter.
 

Quad Citizen Award

The Quad Citizen Award recognizes an individual who distinguishes themselves as a champion of the Quad Cities region. They demonstrate extraordinary pride and positive attitude about the region, typifies the true spirit of leadership, is collaborative, open to new ideas, and thinks and acts in the best interest of the region.

Reverend Dwight Ford, pastor of Grace City Church is the recipient of the 2017 Quad Citizen Award. Rev. Ford has been integral in advancing regional thinking and the creation of Q2030; he’s a passionate thought leader who is committed to growing talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all Quad Citizens. For the commitment of time, talent, passion and leadership his efforts have resulted in a positive movement, inspiring others to “start small, think big and aim high.”

Q2030 Award

The Q2030 Award will honor organizations that support transformational ideas and that embrace the Q2030 Regional Action Plan.

The River Bend Foodbank will be recognized with a Q2030 award for being a catalyst for positive change in our region through their commitment to the mission of making the Quad Cities a hunger-free community by embracing collaboration – a core tenant of Q2030 - to develop and implement a coordinated set of hunger-reduction strategies.

In 2016 the River Bend Foodbank had a record distribution of 11.1 million meals, halfway to the 10-year goal of ending hunger.

Also being recognized with a Q2030 award are the members of the YP Think Tank, a 15-member leadership body of the Young Professionals of the Quad Cities (YPQC), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber. YPQC committed to building a diverse and inclusive network of young leaders and have led by example in creating a welcoming community in which all people are embraced. The YP Think Tank is balanced in gender, ethnicity, and professions so that the trades, arts, non-profits, education and private sector are all involved and represented.

The YP Think Tank is receiving this award for their role in fostering a community culture that is equitable, diverse, inclusive, and engaging.

The Quad Cities Chamber Annual Meeting is open to the general public. Advanced registration is required. Register online or call 563.823.2676 to register. Tickets are $75 for Chamber members or $85 for non-members.

The Quad Cities Chamber Annual Meeting is presented by Triumph Community Bank and Genesis Health System. Other major sponsors include Genesis Systems Group, Orthopaedic Specialists, Russell, Tri-City Electric Company, Locals Love Us, Van Meter, Edwards Creative, iWireless Center, dphilms, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial and KWQC.

About the Quad Cities Chamber

The Quad Cities Chamber is a champion for business and community growth in the region. It proudly helps drive Q2030: A Regional Action Plan to increase talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all. 

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Sen Grassley Promotes Tax Cuts

As chairman of the Finance Committee, with exclusive Senate jurisdiction over taxes, Sen. Chuck Grassley led through Congress $2 trillion in bipartisan tax relief, leaving more money in workers’ pockets, reducing tax rates across the board, including the first-ever 10 percent lowest bracket, and spurring economic growth and activity.  Congress later made permanent the vast majority of the Grassley-led measures with significant bipartisan support. Grassley, now a senior member of the Finance Committee, is involved in current tax reform discussions.  He made the following comment on the joint statement on tax reform today from House and Senate and executive branch leaders. 

“One of the biggest goals of reforming the federal tax code is job creation. Companies make decisions based on their bottom line, so it’s up to us as lawmakers to create conditions that are likely to encourage job creation in Iowa instead of India or China.  Small businesses are responsible for a majority of net new jobs since the 1970s, yet some small businesses experience tax rates exceeding 40 percent.  This burden should be lifted.  Another key goal is lowering individual tax rates and making the tax code simpler and fairer.  People generally should have the choice to use more of their money as they see fit.  I look forward to continuing to listen to Iowans on their ideas for tax reform in the weeks ahead.”

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SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION & CANDIDATE INFORMATION

The next School Board Election for the Davenport School Board will take place Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  Director’s Mayfield, Snyder and Clewell’s term will be expiring during this election cycle so there are three open positions.

The following individuals have submitted candidate papers:
Clyde Mayfield (Incumbent)
Allison Beck
Rodney Blackwell
Elliott Grier
Bruce Potts
David Reke

Come and learn more about the candidates at the:

Davenport School Board Candidate Forum
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Jim Hester Board Room,
3rd Floor of the Achievement Service Center
1606 Brady Street, Davenport

Questions: Call Mary Correthers, Board Secretary, at 563-336-5087

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Reward Offered For Info On Slain Dog

On July 19th, 2017, Davenport Police responded to the area of Miller Avenue and South Concord Street in reference to a found animal.

Davenport Police located a partially burned, deceased dog that appeared to be a Rottweiler breed.

A $5,000 reward has been posted through Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities by Davenport business Janda Motors.  The reward has been posted for information which leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this cruel act.  This reward will be posted for 90 days and will include an additional pay out by Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Davenport Police Department or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities where you can remain anonymous.

If you have information concerning this crime, call the tip line at 309-762-9500.  All tips are anonymous and if your information leads to a felony arrest you’ll receive a cash reward of UP TO $1,000.

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Shots Fired In Moline On Saturday

At approximately 7:20 P.M. Moline Police Department with the assistance of East Moline Police Department responded to a report of shots fired near the 5300 block 5th Avenue, Moline.

 

On arrival, officers located multiple shell casings in the street.  Moline and East Moline officers checked the area and local hospitals for a victim and as of this press release no victim or victims have been identified.

 

Surveillance video of the suspects prior to the shooting was located and pictures of the suspects and suspect vehicles are attached.

 

The suspect in the shooting was described as a male/black with a red hooded sweatshirt in a newer silver Chevy with Illinois registration. The other vehicles involved were a black Chevy 4-door bearing Iowa registration and a newer Ford truck with a push bar on the front of the truck.

 

Anyone with information regarding the events leading up to the shooting and/or the names of the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting are asked to call the Moline Police Department (309) 524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the QC 762-9500. 

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2017 Doggy Splash Set For August 27

 The 2017 Doggy Splash will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Splash Landing, 2220 23rd Street. Times include: dogs under 40 lbs swim from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., dogs 41-70 lbs swim from 10:50 – 11:50 a.m., and dogs 71 lbs and larger swim from noon – 1:00 p.m. The Cost is $5 per dog and owner and $2.00 for each spectator.

 

In case of thunder or lightning, the event will be cancelled.

 

For more information concerning the event, contact the Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department at 563-344-4113.

 

Doggy Splash Rules

The following rules have been set for the safety and enjoyment of all patrons and participants. Owners and their dogs may be asked to leave the facility if they are not compliant with these rules.

 

1. Owners will NOT be allowed to swim or to wade in the pool water. If necessary, own-ers may remove their dog from the water.

2. Spectators must stay in the concession area. No exceptions.

3. All dogs are welcome and can only swim in one weight group. No exceptions.

4. Only one dog per owner.

5. All dogs must be registered and current on vaccines.

6. All owners must be at least 16 years of age.

7. ALL owners are responsible for all cleanups. This includes the grassy area.

8. A bad accident in the pool water may cause the pool to close and end the event.

9. No aggressive behavior towards other dogs or humans will be tolerated.

10. All dogs are expected to be on leash until they are in the pool area.

11. No food or drinks, except water, allowed on the pool deck.

12. Dogs that can swim will be allowed to go off the diving board unless it is deemed dangerous, or damaging to equipment.

13. Small toys or balls will be allowed as long as they are used safely. Large crowds or aggressive behavior may negate the ability to use a ball/toy.

14. No floaties or blowup items will be allowed in the pool.

15. Owners and their dogs are not allowed on pool slides.

 

Other rules may develop or be added and enforced to ensure the safety of all at the event.

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Purple Heart Day Today In Illinois

 

 Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will recognize all Illinois Purple Heart Recipients on the State of Illinois’s Purple Heart Day during a ceremony in the Rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol on August 7th.  August 7th has been designated by the Illinois Legislature as an annual day to honor and remember those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart.

            The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration still awarded to members of the United States military.  It was established by General George Washington on August 7, 1782.  Initially called the Badge of Military Merit, the Purple Heart is a decoration awarded to any member of the Armed Services who has been wounded or killed in action. 
 

            Later tonight, the Capitol Grounds in Springfield and the Daley Plaza Fountain in Chicago will be lit in purple. 

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24 artistic creations to be displayed throughout the Quad Cities

 NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative is expanding its ovarian cancer awareness
and education efforts with the help of local artists and businesses through The Bodice Project. Starting
August 15, these works of art will be displayed around the community and will remain in place through
September 20. A list of artists and locations is attached.
On Saturday, September 23, NormaLeah will host The Bodice Auction Party at the Figge Art Museum.
Take an opportunity to view each bodice before it is auctioned off at the event. Self-guided tour maps
are available on the NormaLeah website at www.normaleah.org. Tickets to the event are $40 each and
include appetizers, cash bar, and live auction of the 24 hand-crafted bodices. Contact NormaLeah at
309.794.0009 to reserve your ticket, corporate table or to become a sponsor. Tickets are also available at
www.shop.normaleah.org.
“It’s estimated that 80% of women have never talked to their doctors about this disease” said Jodie
Kavensky, founder and CEO of NormaLeah. “We are empowering women so they can recognize the
subtle symptoms, assess their personal risk, and seek medical attention for the best outcome.”
Ovarian cancer has long been considered a “silent killer” because the symptoms are subtle and advance
slowly. It is hard to detect, difficult to treat, and there is no reliable screening test. All women are at risk
for ovarian cancer and approximately 1 in 75 women will develop the disease during her lifetime.
NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative, headquartered in Rock Island, enriches lives through early
detection education, patient support services and research funding for ovarian cancer. The organization
honors the memory of Mrs. Kavensky's mother, Norma Yecies Shagrin and her aunt, Leah Yecies
Hantman, whose lives were cut short by this deadly disease. “Sisters share a lot of things, but ovarian
cancer should never be any of them,” Kavensky said.
For more information, call NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative at 309.794.0009, email
normaleah@normaleah.org or visit the website at www.normaleah.org.

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Know Where to Go with the Illinois Official Highway Map

 

The new Illinois Official Highway Map, featuring Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg on the cover, is now available. The 2017-2018 maps have QR (quick response) codes for numerous transportation and travel websites, updated route information and useful links.

“It’s time to update your maps,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “These maps are great to keep on hand while traveling throughout our state and are a helpful resource in emergency situations.”

Smartphone users can scan the QR codes printed on the maps for pertinent and timely information during their travels.

• QR codes:

o Getting Around Illinois website
o Amtrak and Illinois high-speed rail websites
o Start Seeing Motorcycles website
o Chicago and St. Louis traffic websites
o Alternative fuels website
o Enjoy Illinois website

• Additional websites:

o Illinois Scenic Byways
o Illinois Amber Alert
o Illinois State Police Scott’s Law (“move over law”)

Made possible by funding from the Federal Highway Administration, the Illinois Official Highway Map is published by the Illinois Department of Transportation every two years on recycled paper with soybean oil-based inks. Contact DOT.maps@illinois.gov to request a map. Free copies also will be available soon at interstate rest areas and at the IDOT tent at the Illinois State Fair, Aug 10-20.

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Wal Mart Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

 As part of Walmart’s commitment to give back in the communities where its associates live, work and serve customers, the retailer is announcing an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to apply for a Walmart Foundation State Giving grant between $25,000 and $200,000.

 

The Foundation will begin accepting grant applications on Monday, August 7, 2017. The deadline to submit grant requests is Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

 

The Walmart Foundation is looking to support community engagement programs that focus on the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations. Examples include:

· career opportunity

· disaster preparedness

· education programs

· healthcare access

· shelters

· other human service programs

 

“We see these grants as opportunities to use our size and strengths to help others,” said Irfan Badibanga, Walmart Regional General Manager and Vice President. “We want to do what we can to work with local nonprofits and, together, help strengthen our communities.”

 

To be eligible for a Walmart Foundation grant, applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Grant submissions are only accepted online at http://corporate.walmart.com/_foundation_/apply-for-grants/state-giving-programApplicants will find guidelines for giving, sample applications and frequently asked questions. Applicants will be notified of their status by the Foundation by the end of the year.

 

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Dress For Success QC Receives a Foundation Grant

Dress for Success Quad Cities received generous donations from local foundations to fund both programming and operational costs this fiscal quarter.

 “It takes many partners at all levels of support to help restore hope for a brighter future to over 1,000 local women, many of whom have weathered some of life’s worst storms,” Founder and Executive Director Regina Haddock shared. “We are thankful to be able see the change start right away at her suiting and continue as she retains employment and creates more stability for her and her family. That’s only possible because of the financial support we receive. You can see the light return to her eyes as she faces the future with greater confidence and professional skills!”

Rock Island Community Foundation issued $1,000 to help provide scrubs, clothing and shoes for low-income women. The project furthers the mission of making sure each woman leaves Dress for Success Quad Cities with interview appropriate attire and the confidence to grow a career.

Mississippi Valley Health invested $1,000 to develop the scrubs program at Dress for Success Quad Cities. Scrubs are given to newly-employed medical professionals in need of workwear. This investment will provide scrubs for approximately 13 women.

Doris and Victor Day Foundation provided $1,000 to the “Next Step to Success” project which will help Dress for Success Quad Cities advance the Professional Women's Group and Career Success Center services to reach more women.

Rotary Club of Rock Island supported Dress for Success Quad Cities with $400 to sponsor Rock Island women in the suiting program. The project includes providing professional attire and workwear to women from Rock Island.

Marsoun Family Charitable supplied over $100 to Dress for Success Quad Cities for operational costs. Their investment will further the mission and purpose of the organization.

 Dress for Success® Quad Cities is one of 147 affiliates around the globe. The organization’s goal is to empower women toward economic stability. Dress for Success has served more than one million women worldwide by providing them with business-appropriate clothing, job-search support, mentoring and professional development programs.

Learn more, donate and volunteer at www.quadcities.dressforsuccess.org.

 

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Brew Ha Ha returns for its 18th year!

What is more fun than drinking craft beer along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River surrounded by your friends, interactive comedy and live music? Doing it for charity, of course!
The 18th Annual Brew Ha Ha festival is set for September 16, 2017; along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. Take a tour of the American brewing landscape—two ounces at a time—in LeClaire Park. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., local, regional and national breweries will highlight their best pales, porters, IPAs and more! 
Tickets for the festival are on sale now via Eventbrite, on the Jaycees website www.jayceesqc.org/brewhaha and at Co-op Records. Your $30 ticket ($35 at the door and at Coop Records) ensures a commemorative tasting glass, live musical entertainment by Corporate Rock and The Stone Flowers and access to the park grounds for the duration of the festival. Ticket holders get priority access into the park grounds for Hoppy Hour starting at noon. This extra hour is complete with local beers available for purchase and interactive entertainment provided by Big G (Guys in Ties and Comedy Sportz)! Designated drivers be sure to stop at the Jaycees tent for your free swag as our thank you for getting your friends home safe. Individuals or groups may also sign up to volunteer at www.jayceesqc.org/brewhaha or contact Christy Bruce at president@jayceesqc.org.
NEW THIS YEAR! CHEW HA HA, FOOD TRUCK FUNDRAISER!
The Jaycees of the Quad Cities have proudly partnered with Rebuilding Together Quad Cities to present the first annual Chew Ha Ha Food Truck Fundraiser to help support the RBTQC mission! Some of the best food trucks in the Quad Cities will be on site selling fantastic food offerings to Brew Ha Ha patrons. Chew Ha Ha is organized by, and in support of Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, a nonprofit dedicated to serving low income housing needs in the Quad Cities. Food Truck offerings provided for sale only, not sample.

Grab your tickets to Brew Ha Ha and then eat at the Chew Ha Ha Food Trucks! A portion of your purchase will go towards RTQC's Vision of a safe and healthy home for every person! Interested Food Trucks, for registration information please email rbtqcchewhaha@gmail.com.
Brew Ha Ha is hosted by the Jaycees of the Quad Cities. These brewgooders work to bring in some of the best breweries to our region all in efforts to benefit local charities, local programs and community impact projects right here in the Quad Cities. The Jaycees of the Quad Cities have been an active chapter for more than 80 years, working to create an inclusive service based community.
Alongside the Jaycees and their volunteers stand several generous community sponsors.

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Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles continue their annual habit of munching on trees and other plants and in the process, leaving a swath of destruction.

Martha Smith is a Horticulture Educator with the University of Illinois Extension and she says those beetles have migrated to the central part of the country from the East…

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Ms. Smith adds that there are limited methods of elimination or even containment…

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Ms. Smith does have some recommendations on how to treat the Japanese Beetles at least to some limited success….

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Eat Smart At The Fair

 If it can be fried, or put on a stick, you’ll find it this week at the Mississippi Valley Fair and later this month at Iowa and Illinois state fairs.

Cookies, candy bars, cheese, hot dogs, snack cakes and onions can all be drenched in a thick batter and fried in oil.

Tastes are as much a part of attending a fair as sights and sounds but overindulging in high-calorie, high-fat  foods over a lifetime can contribute to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Around every corner of a fair there is some new treat, but if you stop for one of the treats, you’re going to need to keep walking around the fair for a few hours to burn off the calories.

An example is that fried onion blossom calling your name. It has 1,320 calories and 72 grams of fat. The fried Twinkie is 420 calories and a funnel cake is 760 calories.

Walking off the calories of the onion blossom if you eat it all yourself will require four hours at a medium pace.

Instead of deep-friend items, looked for grilled chicken or steak, corn on the cob or fruit.  Look for a plain pretzel.

There are several strategies for avoiding taking in more calories than you can walk off on a day at the fair.

• Eat before you go. You’ll be able to resist foods easier if you’re not hungry.

• Don’t go it alone. Share the funnel cake, fried cheese curds or turkey leg (1,136 calories) with others.

• Eat a regular meal. Don’t just snack your way around the fair. Sit down and have a meal at mealtime. There are sit-down options at most fairs run by local youth organizations, restaurants or churches.

• Skip the soda. Instead of a mega-container of sugary soda, try the fresh-squeezed juice or lemonade, ice tea or a bottle of water.

• Listen to your body. Don’t be tricked by how good everything looks and smells. Eat only when you are hungry.

If you are about to make a stop at a food stand, you might want to first check out www.calorieking.com for nutritional information about dozens of popular fair foods.
 

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Health And Safety Tips For The Eclipse

 

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S.  The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918. Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Illinois can see the moon pass in front of the sun.  There is a 70-mile wide path across the country called the path of totality, which is when the sun will be completely blocked by the moon.  Parts of southern Illinois are in the path of totality and people there will see a total eclipse.  Totality in Carbondale and the immediate surrounding area will last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  Central and northern Illinois will see varying degrees of the partial eclipse with decreasing magnitude further north.  More information about the path of the eclipse and how long it will last can be found athttps://eclipse.aas.org/.   

 

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase when the moon entirely eclipses the sun.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.  

 

“Looking at the sun without eclipse glasses or solar viewers can cause ‘eclipse blindness’ or retinal burns,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.” 

 

To date, four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.  More information about eclipse glasses and solar viewers can be found under resources on the American Astronomical Society website at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

 

If you’re planning to spend the day outside and turn the eclipse viewing into an event, keep in mind sun and heat safety.

 

 

SUN AND HEAT – while outside, guard against sunburn and heat illness.
• Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle
• Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside
• Increase fluid intake - drink more liquid than thirst indicates; avoid alcohol and caffeine
• Be aware of heat exhaustion.  Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, and fast and shallow breathing
o If present, be sure to move the person to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing, apply cool, wet cloths, and give cool water to slowly drink
• Be aware of heat stroke.  Symptoms include hot, dry or wet skin, hallucinations, chills, throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness, and slurred speech 
o If present, call 911; quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap wet sheets around them; if the victim refuses water, is vomiting, or shows a decreased level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink

TICKS AND MOSQUITOES – If you’re camping or in the woods or open space to see the eclipse, watch out for insect bites.  Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus and ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, and other serious diseases.
• Wear insect repellent.  Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535, according to label instructions  
• Check for ticks, both people and pets, every 2 to 3 hours
• Remove ticks attached to the body promptly to help prevent diseases.  Use tweezers to remove the tick and call a health care provider if a rash, fever, or body aches develop during the 1 to 3 weeks following a bite. 

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Back To School Safety Tips

School will be back in session soon and the American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to help make the trip back to the classroom a safe one.

 

“Safety should be the top priority for all students, especially younger children and those heading to school for the first time,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “Whether riding, biking or walking to school, we want everyone to arrive and then return home safely.”

 

TOP TEN SAFETY TIPS

 

If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Other safety steps include:

1.   Wait to board the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has signaled to get on.

2.   Tell children they should only board their bus - never an alternate one.

3.   Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.

4.   Cross the street at the corner, obey traffic signals and stay in the crosswalk.

5.   Never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.

6.   Younger children should use car seats or booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits properly (typically for children ages 8-12 and over 4’9”) and ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.

7.   If a teenager is driving to school, parents should mandate that he or she use seat belts. Drivers should not use their cell phone to text or make calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving.

8.   Some students ride their bike to school. They should always wear a helmet and ride on the right in the same direction as the traffic is going.

9.   When students are walking to school, they should only cross the street at an intersection. If possible, use a route with crossing guards.

10.                Parents should walk young children to school, along with children taking new routes or attending new schools, at least for the first week to ensure they know how to get there safely. Arrange for the kids to walk to school with a friend or classmate.

 

WHAT DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW Drivers should know what the yellow and red bus signals mean and be aware that children are out walking or biking to school and slow down - especially in residential areas and school zones. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is getting ready to stop and motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicate the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers in both directions must stop their vehicles and wait until the lights go off, the stop sign is back in place and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.

 

Parents should also make sure the child knows their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1. They should also teach children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know.

 

TAKE A FIRST AID CLASS Red Cross training can give someone the confidence and skills to help with everyday emergencies from paper cuts to school sports injuries. A variety of online and in-class courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass. People can download the free Red Cross First Aid App (redcross.org/apps) for instant access to expert advice whenever and wherever needed.

 

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Bustos Introduces Addiction Legislation

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced theAddiction Recovery for Rural Communities (ARRC) Act, a bipartisan bill that will help rural communities bolster their efforts to fight the opioid and addiction epidemic. Joining Congresswoman Bustos to lead the legislation in the House are Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-01), Roger Marshall (KS-01) and Dwight Evans (PA-02) – all fellow members of the House Agriculture Committee. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Luther Strange (R-AL) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) also introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

 

In 2015, more than 50,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, which are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. This addiction crisis – particularly for heroin, opioids and prescription drugs – has been even more pronounced in rural America. In fact, drug-related deaths are nearly 50 percent higher in rural areas. But too often, rural communities lack the much-needed health care infrastructure to address this crisis.

 

That’s why the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act would help rural Americans better leverage United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development programs to combat opioid and heroin use. Specifically, the legislation would set aside 20 percent of the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program grant funding for substance abuse treatment. It would also prioritize USDA Community and Facilities Direct Loan and Grant applications focused on substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services – which will help incentivize the establishment of new treatment centers. Finally, it will prioritize USDA Rural Health and Safety Education grant funding for applicants seeking to improve education and outreach on opioids and other substance abuse issues.

 

“Rural communities in the Heartland are facing an addiction epidemic, and Congress must give them the resources they need to fight back,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “This bipartisan legislation will ensure that folks in small towns have access to the health care, education and tools they need to combat the drug abuse and overdoses that are devastating too many of our families and communities. The heroin and opioid epidemic knows no boundaries, and I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for joining me to address this pressing issue.”

 

“The cost of opioid addiction goes beyond the heartbreaking individual loss of life: there’s also law enforcement and health care costs that weigh on all of us,”Congressman Crawford said. “But in rural America, treatment can be hard to administer, and the same tactics that work in urban areas aren’t as effective in places like the 1st District. We want to do our part at the federal level to help the folks at home who are dealing with this problem day in and day out.”

 

“We in Congress have a responsibility to provide our rural communities with the resources necessary to fight opioid abuse,” Congressman Marshall said. “Across Kansas, organizations are doing the important work of helping people escape addition and find hope – it is my goal to aid those groups in this ongoing fight."

 

“I am proud to stand with my colleagues in a bipartisan effort to combat the scourge of opioid and other harmful drug use in rural communities across the country,”Congressman Evans said. “We must approach this effort with a dedicated urgency as neighborhoods across rural Pennsylvania and nationwide have been ravaged by the use of opioids. As we look to put in action comprehensive solutions to tackle this devastating epidemic, it is critical for Congress to provide funding from other programs to immediately provide the lifesaving treatment to those most in need.”

 

“Our rural communities have been hardest hit by the opioid crisis,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association. “NRHA supports the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act because it will allow rural communities that have been devastated by opioid addiction to receive prevention and treatment programs locally.”

 

“Targeted investments in telemedicine and extension services fill a void for rural communities that lack access to health care facilities and treatment programs,” said Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union. “As the opioid crisis grips rural communities across the country, the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act will provide increased access to vital health care services in many of these areas. NFU applauds Reps. Bustos, Crawford, Evans and Marshall for their work in ensuring rural communities can become more proactive in their response to this crisis.”

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IowaWORKS to host Veteran/Community Job Resource Fair

 

 

IowaWORKS will host a Veteran/Community Job and Resource Fair to assist service members and the community in securing employment. Social Service agencies will also be available to showcase the many resources offered in the area. 

 

The event will be Thursday, Aug. 17 from 12-2 pm for Veterans - 2-4 pm for the general public at the Iowa National Guard Armory, 3615 N. Brady St., Davenport.

 

 “We hope to connect veterans and their friends with great employers in the area, help employ them and enable them to provide for their families to in turn create a stronger community,” 
James Stout, Veteran Representative at IowaWORKS, said.

 

Employers Include: Olympic Steel; Ascentra Credit Union; Iowa State Patrol; MEDIC EMS; AAA Employment; Promotional Support Services Inc.; Volt Workforce Solutions; Durham School Services; Unity Point Health – Trinity; Marco Group International; Jumer’s Casino & Hotel; Hy-Vee; Rock Island Arsenal Physical Security; Quad Cities Army Recruiting; City of Moline; KWQC-TV6; Kraft Heinz Company; ServPro; Local 25 Plumbers &  Pipefitters JATC; TanTara Transportation Corp.; Musco Lighting; Davenport Lowes; Tri-City Electric Co.; Uniparts Olsen, Inc.; HNI; HON & AllSteel; Millwright LU 2158; MetroLINK; Per Mar Security; Rhythm City Casino Resort; Cintas Corporation; WIS International; Goodwill; Guardian Industries; LeClaire Manufacturing Company; Isle of Capri Hotel Bettendorf; Temp Associates RJK; Iowa 80 Truck Stop; Target; Nestle Purina Petcare; DES Employment Group; Good Samaritan Society; Kelly Services; Von Maur; University of Iowa; Performance Foodservice Group; Iowa American Water Company; Hill & Valley; Mediacom; H&R Block; and St. Ambrose University/KALA-FM. 

Prior to the event, IowaWORKS will offer resume writing and interviewing skills training at  902 W. Kimberly Rd., Suite 51 in Davenport, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,Friday  --  Wednesday 9 am 4:30 pm.  

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Accident on I-74 East, Just Before Bridge Span

 

On July 31, 2017 at approximately 1720 hours, Bettendorf Police responded to I-74 East, heading into Illinois, just before the bridge span for a motor vehicle accident involving four vehicles. The investigation determined that traffic slowed down on the roadway due to congestion during rush hour. Drivers failed to slow to appropriate speeds to maintain control of their vehicles. As a result a chain reaction accident occurred involving the four vehicles.

 

All four drivers and one passenger refused medical treatment and/or transport from the scene. 

 

All four vehicles had to be towed from the scene and charges were filed against one of the drivers for failure to have insurance and failure to maintain control of vehicle. I-74 East was totally blocked due to the accident and remained closed for approximately 45 minutes while the roadway was cleared.

 

Bettendorf Police were assisted by the Bettendorf Fire Department and Medic Ambulance who also responded to the scene.

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Missing Person in Moline

Moline Police are currently investigating a missing person.

Isaac N. Nukapigak (pronounced New-ka-pea-yak), a male of American-Eskimo descent, 27 years of age, has been missing since Sunday the 30th of July 2017. Isaac was last seen in the area of 2400 block of 15th Avenue, Moline by his family and has not been seen since. Isaac was reported missing to the Moline Police Department at 1030 hours on today’s date. 

Moline Police and Isaac’s family and friends are actively trying to locate him. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Isaac Nukapigak is asked to contact the Moline Police Department at (309) 797-0401.

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Moline Police Are Currently Investigating a Missing Person.

 

 

Isaac N. Nukapigak (pronounced New-ka-pea-yak), a male of American-Eskimo descent, 27 years of age, has been missing since Sunday the 30th of July 2017. Isaac was last seen in the area of 2400 block of 15th Avenue, Moline by his family and has not been seen since. Isaac was reported missing to the Moline Police Department at 1030 hours on today’s date.  

 

Moline Police and Isaac’s family and friends are actively trying to locate him.  

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Isaac Nukapigak is asked to contact the Moline Police Department at (309) 797-0401. 

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New BHC Students Need To Register For Orientation

 

New Black Hawk College students are encouraged to register now for Welcome Week Orientation.

 

Orientation gives students the chance to meet their classmates, learn about academic success strategies, services available to students, college terminology and vocabulary, and explore locations and resources on campus.

 

Choose from two dates for Quad-Cities Campus Orientation:

· Thursday, Aug. 10 from 2-5 p.m. OR

· Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9-11:30 a.m.

 

East Campus Orientation will be:

· Friday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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College Bound Women Self Defense Class in August

The Life Fitness Center is offering a Women College Bound Self Defense class on Friday, August 11 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Basic forms of self-defense and reinforce techniques will be taught. Participants will learn how to extend personal security concepts to use in their vehicle, internet, home, and/or college dorm.

 

The class is open to 16-20 year olds. The cost is $45. There are 20 spots available.

 

To register visit apm.activecommunities.com/bettendorf/home or at the Life Fitness Center.

 

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Health And Safety Tips For The Eclipse

 On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S.  The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918.  Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Illinois can see the moon pass in front of the sun.  There is a 70-mile wide path across the country called the path of totality, which is when the sun will be completely blocked by the moon.  Parts of southern Illinois are in the path of totality and people there will see a total eclipse.  Totality in Carbondale and the immediate surrounding area will last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  Central and northern Illinois will see varying degrees of the partial eclipse with decreasing magnitude further north.  More information about the path of the eclipse and how long it will last can be found at https://eclipse.aas.org/.  

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase when the moon entirely eclipses the sun.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. 

“Looking at the sun without eclipse glasses or solar viewers can cause ‘eclipse blindness’ or retinal burns,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.”

To date, four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.  More information about eclipse glasses and solar viewers can be found under resources on the American Astronomical Society website at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

If you’re planning to spend the day outside and turn the eclipse viewing into an event, keep in mind sun and heat safety.


SUN AND HEAT – while outside, guard against sunburn and heat illness.
• Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle
• Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside
• Increase fluid intake - drink more liquid than thirst indicates; avoid alcohol and caffeine
• Be aware of heat exhaustion.  Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, and fast and shallow breathing
o If present, be sure to move the person to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing, apply cool, wet cloths, and give cool water to slowly drink
• Be aware of heat stroke.  Symptoms include hot, dry or wet skin, hallucinations, chills, throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness, and slurred speech
o If present, call 911; quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap wet sheets around them; if the victim refuses water, is vomiting, or shows a decreased level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink
TICKS AND MOSQUITOES – If you’re camping or in the woods or open space to see the eclipse, watch out for insect bites.  Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus and ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, and other serious diseases.
• Wear insect repellent.  Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535, according to label instructions 
• Check for ticks, both people and pets, every 2 to 3 hours
• Remove ticks attached to the body promptly to help prevent diseases.  Use tweezers to remove the tick and call a health care provider if a rash, fever, or body aches develop during the 1 to 3 weeks following a bite.



For more information about summer safety, check out our “Summer? No Sweat.  A Summer Survival Guide” at www.dph.illinois.gov.

For information about road conditions, traffic, and camping, check out www.ready.illinois.gov.  For additional information about eye safety, we suggest contacting an optometrist.

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Police Investigate Theft in Silvis

 

The Silvis Police Department is investigating the theft of an individual’s wallet, which was stolen while at the Silvis Walmart, on 07/18/17.  The credit cards from the wallet were subsequently used at two local Quad City area businesses. The Silvis Police Department is asking for help in identifying the suspect.  Contact Det. Mark Copeland at the Silvis Police Department at 309-792-1841.



If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Silvis Police Department or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities where you can remain anonymous.

If you have information concerning this crime, call the tip line at 309-762-9500.  All tips are anonymous and if your information leads to a felony arrest you’ll receive a cash reward of UP TO $1,000.

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Unemployment Down In Illinois

 

Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in June in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and all but two counties, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Dept. of Employment Security (IDES).

 

Data also show more nonfarm jobs in eleven of the metropolitan areas while one was unchanged and two reported declines.

 

“We gained jobs but at about half the rate than the rest of the country,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Although the unemployment rates are lower compared to last year, the labor force continues to shrink in most metro areas across the state.”

 

Illinois businesses added jobs in eleven metro areas, with the largest increases in: Bloomington (+3.4 percent, +3,100), Lake (+2.8 percent, +11,700), and Kankakee (+2.7 percent, +1,200). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.1 percent or +39,600). Illinois businesses lost jobs in two metro areas: Danville (-0.7 percent, -200) and Rockford (-0.1 percent, -200).

 

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Professional and Business Services (11 of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (10 of 14), Government (10 of 14), and Mining and Construction (nine of 14).

 

Not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2017 with June 2016. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.0 percent in June 2017 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in June 2017 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

 

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Iowa Man Sentenced For Unemployment Fraud

- A 55-year-old Williamsburg man will serve a total of 100 days in jail for fraudulently receiving $10,747 of Iowa Unemployment Insurance benefits between December 27, 2015 and June 25, 2016. Paul Meade has been convicted of fraudulent practice in the third degree, an aggravated misdemeanor.

 

“Pursuing those who claim benefits fraudulently is part of our ongoing effort to prevent fraud, waste and abuse,” said Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Our goal is to recover misused funds, maintain the integrity of the unemployment insurance trust fund, and send the message that fraud will not be tolerated."

 

During the time Meade was filing for unemployment insurance benefits, he was also receiving wages from Whirlpool Corporation. Meade’s case was turned over to the Iowa County Attorney’s Office in February 2017. The total amount Meade will repay Iowa Workforce Development is $12,359.05. Per Iowa Code 96.16-4(b), a 15 percent penalty was added in the amount of $1,612.05. 

 

“This is a big win,” said David Steen, an attorney with Iowa Workforce Development. “With this sentence including jail time, this might make others think twice before fraudulently claiming unemployment insurance benefits.”

 

“It’s important to hold Iowans abusing the system accountable,” said Ryan West, the Unemployment Insurance Division Administrator for Iowa Workforce Development. “Committing fraud means a financial burden is placed elsewhere which is not fair to other law abiding citizens.”

 

The amount paid will be added to Iowa’s unemployment compensation trust fund. “Deposits to the trust fund benefit employers,” said West. “It maintains the trust fund solvency, which in turn helps Iowa employers by maintaining a lower unemployment insurance tax rate.”

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ISP Activity For June

Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of June 2017, Troopers handled 1,270 calls for service and assistance.  Of these calls, 147 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

 

Criminal activities during the month included 2 persons apprehended for wanted on warrant and 18 arrested for other criminal offenses.

 

Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 149 drivers arrested for speeding and 44 cited for seat belt violations.  Driving under the influence arrests totaled 16, while 13 apprehensions for other alcohol related offenses were recorded.  Troopers issued a total of 397 traffic citations and 636 written warnings to motorists during the month.

 

Troopers and weight inspectors issued 87 citations for overweight violations.

 

District Seven Troopers handled 49 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There were no fatal crashes handled by District 7 Troopers. 

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Reward for information leading to arrest of person responsible for the theft of a wallet.

The Silvis Police Department is investigating the theft of an individual’s wallet, which was stolen while at the Silvis Walmart, on 07/18/17.  The credit cards from the wallet were subsequently used at two local Quad City area businesses. The Silvis Police Department is asking for help in identifying the suspect.  Contact Det. Mark Copeland at the Silvis Police Department at 309-792-1841.


If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Silvis Police Department or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities where you can remain anonymous.
If you have information concerning this crime, call the tip line at 309-762-9500.  All tips are anonymous and if your information leads to a felony arrest you’ll receive a cash reward of UP TO $1,000
 

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Red Cross Opens Shelter In East Moline

The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter in East Moline, Illinois. Residents who are displaced due to the flooding and in of a need of a safe place to stay are encouraged to come to the shelter. The shelter is located in the East Moline School District Administration Building at 3451 Morton Drive, East Moline, Illinois. The Red Cross helps disaster victims by providing safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies and emotional support.

 

Residents are asked to bring bedding, clothing, medications and a favorite toy for any children who will be coming to the shelter. Residents should only bring these items if there is time to safely gather the items. Safety is the first concern—if you need to evacuate—gather household members and leave your residence immediately.

 

FLOOD SAFETY

Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on your mobile device.

· The Emergency App features emergency weather alerts to help keep the user safe, and provides information about what to do in case of floods and other emergencies.

· Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps

 

People living in areas threatened by flooding should keep informed about weather conditions and listen to the advice of local officials.

· If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary.

· Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe to do so.

· Head for higher ground and stay there.

· Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.

· Turn around, don’t drown. If driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

· Keep children out of the water.

· Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.

 

If you are displaced by river flooding or flash flooding, return home only when officials say it is safe to do so and follow these safety steps:

·         Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.

·         Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.

·         Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.

·         If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.

·         If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.

·         Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.

·         Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.

·         During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.

·         Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!

·         Contact your local or state public health department to see if your water supply might be contaminated. You may need to boil or treat it before use. Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

 

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UPDATE Crash in 3800 Block of US HWY 67 (State Street)

 

BETTENDORF: On July 23, 2017 at approximately 1310 hours, a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Zachary Garner, age 17, of Bettendorf was traveling East in the 3800 block of US HWY 67 (State Street). Results of the investigation show that the Jeep crossed the center line when Garner fell asleep at the wheel and struck a 2006 Ford Focus that was traveling West in the 3800 block.  The Ford was driven by Bernice McConnell, age 86, of Bettendorf. Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles by Bettendorf firefighters and were transported to Genesis East Hospital by Medic Ambulance.

 

McConnell was pronounced dead at Genesis East Hospital. 

 

Garner suffered non-life threatening injuries and was charged and cited for Failure to Maintain Control of Vehicle.

 

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Red Cross Needs Blood Donations


After issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors in early July, the American Red Cross continues to face a critical blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urged to give now. As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™.

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Madigan Machine "playing a dangerous game with our children’s future"

Another day, another editorial board bashing the Chicago Machine for refusing to send SB1 to Governor Rauner’s desk.

John Cullerton, Mike Madigan and their Chicago allies are perverting the legislative process, intentionally preventing SB1 from reaching Governor Rauner’s desk for an expected amendatory veto.

They are holding education funding and Illinois schoolchildren hostage in order to force through a $500 million Chicago bailout.

It’s a direct assault on democratic government.

Yesterday, the State Journal-Register editorial board weighed in, writing that “the Senate has to do what could have been done weeks ago. Send the bill. Start the process of trying to reach a compromise in motion.

The clock is ticking. Anyone who thinks that waiting until August can build the urgency to solve the crisis is playing a dangerous game with our children’s future.”

They’re right. Madigan and Cullerton – send Governor Rauner the bill and drop your demands for a Chicago bailout.

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Illinois median prices climb in June while home sales hold steady

 Illinois home sales largely held steady and the statewide median price increased in June as motivated buyers were ready to move quickly amid tighter seasonal inventory, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in June 2017 totaled 19,066 homes sold, up 0.3 percent from 19,001 in June 2016.

The statewide median price in June was $216,000, up 5.9 percent from June 2016, when the median price was $204,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"Plummeting inventories continue to pose significant challenges for buyers in many areas of the state," said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Orland Hills. "The lack of homes for sale in the most popular price bands is making it critical for buyers to be ready to hustle when it comes time to make an offer."

The time it took to sell a home in June averaged 49 days, down from 55 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 59,088 homes for sale, a 14.0 percent decline from June 2016 when there were 68,720 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.90 percent in June 2017, a decrease from 4.01 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In June 2016, it averaged 3.57 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in June 2017 totaled 14,052 homes sold, up 1.0 percent from June 2016 sales of 13,916 homes. The median price in June 2017 was $252,500 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 4.1 percent from $242,500 in June 2016.

“While the housing market continues to record gains in prices and sales, the inventory problem remains an important issue,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “Hopefully, now that the state has a budget, a recovering state economy will encourage more investment in housing – both new construction and investment by first-time buyers”

According to the data, forty-three (43) Illinois counties reported sales gains for June 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Rock Island County, up 15.7 percent with 206 units sold; St. Clair County, up 10.7 percent with 361 units sold; and Lake County, up 3.2 percent with 1,357 units sold.  Sixty-one (61) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Champaign County, up 9.3 percent to $168,000; Kane County, up 8.6 percent to $249,800; and Cook County, up 3.1 percent to $263,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 1.7 percent year-over-year home sales decline in June 2017 with 3,266 sales, down from 3,321 in June 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in June 2017 was $308,000, up 2.7 percent compared to June 2016 when it was $299,900.

"In June, the market exhibited a bit of a holding pattern,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “Inventory was a contributing factor, as once you sell your home, you’ll need to then buy another – so, sellers are being firm on their pricing, and while some buyers are willing to wait for their perfect home, other motivated buyers are driving down the time on market. As the weather continues to heat up, people will get down to business, provided the price is right.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of July 7, 2017 for the period June 1 through June 30, 2017. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 47,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.  

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Golfing For Great Healthcare At Genesis

 

Every shot of the 23rd annual Genesis Foundation Pro-Am Challenge will have an impact on the future of health services in the region.

Proceeds from the annual event on Monday, Aug. 28 will help support nursing education and healthcare needs in the communities served by Genesis.  Among those local needs is Flu-Free Quad Cities, the free seasonal influenza vaccination program in the region.

Genesis Foundation nursing scholarships are awarded to current Genesis Health System nurses working toward furthering their nursing education.  Proceeds also fund scholarships for future nurses who will work at Genesis after graduation from baccalaureate nursing programs.

This year’s fundraising goal from the Genesis Pro-Am Challenge is more than $100,000.

The 2017 Genesis Foundation Pro-Am challenge will be played at Davenport Country Club and TPC Deere Run, Silvis. Each group will be paired with a PGA professional.

Entry fee is $250, which includes:

·       Greens and cart fees

·       Course refreshments

·       Entry gift

·       Lunch

·       Social hour/awards reception

Pro-Am title sponsors include Lexus of the Quad Cities and Quad City Bank and Trust. 

The Genesis Pro-Am Challenge events have raised more than $1.5 million over the years.  The proceeds represent an investment in nurses for the future at a time when a shortage of nurses is projected.

 

The Pro-Am Challenge raffle, which is open to the public, will feature prizes from Lexus of the Quad Cities and Maui Jim.  There are 250 raffle tickets available, each costing $50. 

 

Lexus of the Quad Cities will be providing the grand raffle prize, a golf vacation of a lifetime; a trip for two to play in the Lexus Champions for Charity national tournament  in December.  The trip includes airfare, pre-paid hotel, entry fees to the event and golf at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay. 

Raffle drawing will take place at the awards ceremony of the Genesis Foundation’s Pro-Am Challenge at Davenport Country Club.

The Pro-Am Challenge will also have feature prizes, including a $10,000 putt-off, Lexus GS F Sport 3-year lease on Lexus par-3 holes and various door prizes. 

"We're excited to continue our investment in current and future nurses,” said Missy Gowey, executive director of the Genesis Foundation.  “The education and development of nurses is an investment that benefits our patients, who receive the highest quality, most compassionate care from our skilled nurses.” 

To register as an individual or foursome, or for more information on the Genesis Foundation  Pro-Am Challenge, call the Genesis Health Services Foundation at (563) 421-6861 or register online at www.genesishealth.com/give

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Saturday Accident Update

              Single Vehicle Fatality Crash

                        I 74 EB MP 40

                        07/22/2017 12:29 PM

                        2007 Black Dodge Ram Pickup

                        Timothy D. Holman age 41, Moline, IL

 

             At approximately 12:29 pm on today’s date, one vehicle left the roadway, rolled over and struck a tree. The driver died of the injuries sustained. I 74 EB MP 40 had one lane closed for approximately two hours.  The scene is clear.

This crash remains under investigation.

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Apps Available For Archery Deer Season

Effective July 24, 2017 the City of Rock Island will begin accepting applications for the 2017/18 archery deer hunting season, as defined by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

 

Applications may be obtained from the front desk of the Police Department, Rock Island Parks and Recreation Office, or online at rigov.org. All potential hunters must return completed applications along with their proficiency card to the Police Department by 5pm, August 25, 2017, to be considered for a permit. With City approval, deer hunting will be permitted on a select number of sites.

 

Residents with questions regarding the Deer Management Program should contact Deputy Police Chief Jason Foy at (309) 732-2701.

 

All approved hunters will be required to attend a mandatory meeting scheduled for a later date. 

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Spruce Hills Drive Resurfacing

BETTENDORF, IA – Beginning August 1, 2017 and continuing through August, Spruce Hills Drive will be under construction between 18th Street and Woodland Lane. The work will consist of asphalt resurfacing. Construction will be phased in two stages. Each stage will close two lanes with two-way traffic being moved to the other two lanes.

The start date and duration of the project are dependent on weather.

For more information, contact the Bettendorf Public Works Department at 563-344-4055.

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Job Numbers Up In Iowa In June

 Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.2 percent for June. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent in June.

 

“Iowa businesses experienced unusually high job growth in June,” said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. “Annual growth in the state has been weak since the beginning of the year; however, this month’s expansion in total nonfarm employment helped solidify improvements in Iowa’s job market including growth in the service industry, manufacturing and financial services.”   

   

The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 53,600 in June. The current estimate is 10,500 lower than the year ago level of 64,100.  

 

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,633,100 in June. This figure was 2,900 lower than May and 3,200 lower than one year ago.   


 

Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment

Iowa establishments displayed strong hiring in June and added 11,200 jobs. This month’s increase is historically large and due to both gains in private and public sectors. Industries that are seasonal in nature all grew this month with the largest increases being in recreation and eating and drinking establishments. Government also added jobs this month (+4,000) with gains being largely attributable to local governments. Compared to last year, government is now up 600 jobs, whereas private sectors have now advanced by 25,000 jobs following this month’s surge.

 

Leisure and hospitality added the most jobs this month (+3,100). This was the largest increase among private sectors and breaks a string of seasonal losses stretching back to January. Restaurants and drinking establishments helped boost employment in accommodations and food services this month (+2,000). Manufacturing followed with its second-consecutive gain in June (+1,600). Once again, gains were evident in both durable and non-durable goods factories. The monthly increase pulls manufacturing back into the green versus this time last year. Other gains this month included education and healthcare services (+1,500) which experienced its first gain since March. Finance, insurance, and real estate added jobs again this month (+1,100) and hasn’t pared payrolls since last August. Alternatively, losses this month were light and limited to just two sectors: trade, transportation, and utilities  (-700) and other services (-400).

 

Annually, total nonfarm employment rebounded from lackluster annual growth this month and now rests up 25,600 jobs versus last year. Education and healthcare services have added the most jobs over the last twelve months and have been fueled by the expanding healthcare industry (+8,700). Growth in private education services has been stagnant since last June. Trade and transportation continues to trend above last year’s mark despite this month’s drop and has advanced 5,100 jobs. Finance has steadily climbed over the past several months and is now up 4,700 jobs annually. The only sector still trending below last June is information services (-1,200).

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Tourism Is Big In The QC Area

 Today, the Illinois Office of Tourism announced domestic and international travel expenditures reached $37.9 billion in 2016 – a $571 million increase from 2015.

 

This follows the state’s record-breaking domestic Illinois tourism figures released in May, which highlighted an increase of one million travelers to the state in 2016.

 

Rock Island County contributed to Illinois’ robust economic growth to the tune of $219.2 million in travel expenditures—a 3% increase over 2015—and $4.2 million in local tax revenue—a 7.7% increase over the previous year.  Additionally, the tourism industry created 10,000 new jobs across the state, with 1,700 of them in Rock Island County.

 

“One of the beautiful things about Illinois is the variety of experiences you can enjoy across the state – whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, outdoor adventure, delicious food, or an amazing road trip,” said Cory Jobe, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism.  “By bringing new money to our stores, hotels, and attractions, visitors have the power to create a tangible economic impact on our communities.  Our success as a state depends on each county doing their part to promote the diverse ways visitors can experience their amazing moments in Illinois.”

 

These numbers reflect the 2016 tourism economic impact numbers for Rock Island County only.  Economic impact numbers for Scott County will be reported in fall of 2017 by the Iowa Tourism Office. 

 

“The Quad Cities has a lot to be proud of, and we have an exciting future ahead as a popular destination for people looking for getaways and vacations,” says Joe Taylor, President/CEO, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “Whether visitors are coming to our area for a getaway, sports tournament, group tour, or convention, their dollars have a huge impact on the local economy.  Overnight stays keep over 50 Quad Cities’ hotels in business which in turn employ thousands of people and generate hotel/motel tax collections and property taxes for each of our cities.”

 

“Visitors spend money at our stores, attractions, restaurants, and entertainment venues.  They buy tickets to our festivals, plays, and concerts. They also bring meetings/conventions and sports tournaments to fill our convention centers and sports facilities.  Tourism is all about economic development.  Tourism brings new money and businesses into our area and generates jobs for the people that live in this community.”

 

The Quad Cities will soon be welcoming two new hotel properties and a new attraction.  The properties include The Current Iowa Hotel in downtown Davenport and The Element Hotel in downtown Moline.  The Element Hotel is attached to the new Amtrak passenger rail station that is also under construction.  The Bix Beiderbecke Museum & Archives will open to the public on Monday, July 24, at the River Music Experience, adding to the wealth of attractions available to visitors. 

 

Fast facts about Illinois Tourism in 2016:

  • Every $1 invested in Illinois tourism generates $9 in economic impact.
  • Illinois welcomed 110 million domestic visitors (an additional one million visitors over 2015).
  • Of Illinois’ 110 million domestic visitors, 17% were for business and 83% for leisure.
  • In the past ten years, domestic travel to Illinois has increased by 19 million visitors.
  • Domestic travelers spent nearly $35.1 billion in Illinois during 2016, a 1.8% increase over 2015.
  • In 2016, domestic travelers to Illinois generated $2.6 billion in state and local tax revenue, an increase of $122 million over 2015.
  • Length of stay per visitor increased by 3%, surpassing the US average of 2.4%.
  • These numbers, provided by the U.S. Travel Association, are preliminary numbers only.  Final visitor statistics will be made available later this year.

 

For more press material and to download images, visit http://media.enjoyillinois.com. For travel inspiration and trip ideas, visit https://enjoyillinois.com

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Fatal Accident In Bettendorf On Sunday

On July 23, 2017 at approximately 1310 hours, a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 17-year old male resident of Bettendorf was traveling East in the 3800 block of US HWY 67 (State Street) when the driver lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason. The Jeep crossed the center line and struck a 2006 Ford Focus that was traveling West in the 3800 block.  The Ford was driven by an 86-year old female resident of Bettendorf. The driver of the Ford and had to be extricated from the vehicle by Bettendorf Firefighters.

 

Both drivers were transported to Genesis East Hospital by Medic Ambulance.

 

The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at Genesis East Hospital.

 

The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation.

 

The names of the drivers are not being released at this time.

 

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Ribbon Cutting Today at RME

For over half a century, dedicated fans have dreamed of a permanent museum and archive to preserve the memory of the world-famous Bix Beiderbecke and his music.  The long-planned Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive opens to the public on July 24, 2017, in its new home at the River Music Experience in Bix’s hometown of Davenport, Iowa.

 

The new museum honors the life and music of the Bix Beiderbecke and features many original artifacts related to Beiderbecke and his colleagues, as well as a life-size figure of the cornetist in a recreation of the bandstand at Hudson Lake, Indiana.  Bix spent his summer there is 1926 playing with the Goldkette Orchestra.

 

Visitors can see original instruments played by Bix, including the only piano Bix owned.  The museum takes the visitor chronologically through the life of Bix Beiderbecke.  His music is featured throughout the museum, along with videos, interactive displays, and photos, many shown for the first time.  The entire museum evokes the era of the 1920s. 

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Speed Awareness Day

 During Illinois Speed Awareness Day this July 26th, the Illinois State Police District 7 is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through both education and enforcement. In Illinois during 2015, speed was the cause of 34.2% of all traffic fatalities.

That’s 369 deaths for the year, or one life every 23.7 hours. These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.

 

On Interstates speeding can have the following consequences:

·       The probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. Such consequences double for every 10 MPH over 50 MPH.

·       When a vehicle crashes it undergoes a rapid change in speed. However the occupants keep moving at the vehicle’s previous speed until they are stopped, either by hitting an object or by being restrained by a safety belt or airbag.

·       The effectiveness of restraint devices like airbags, safety belts, crumple zones, and side beams decline as impact speed increases.

·       37% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.

·       Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.

·       Crash severity increases with the speed of the vehicle at impact.

·       Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.

·       Speeding can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.

 

Let’s all do our part by taking a proactive approach to prevent fatalities and reduce injuries on the roadways by being aware of our speed and obeying the speed limit signs ALL the time. If you would like more information about Illinois Speed Awareness Day, please visit www.illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.

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QC First Day Project Continues The 2017 School Supply Drive

The First  Day Project is in the middle of its 2017 school supply drive for Quad City area schools. Collections of school supplies for local kindergarten through 12th grade students will wrap up prior to the start of the school year in our Illinois and Iowa districts. Donations help support students in need in Davenport Community School District, Bettendorf, School District, Pleasant Valley School District, Moline-Coal Valley School District No. 40, Rock Island/Milan School District #41, Colona, CarbonCliff-Barstow, Hampton,  and Silvis. First Day Fund Inc. serving East Moline.

The First Day Project annual school supply drive is a strong collaboration among Quad City area school districts, local businesses and volunteer groups to help meet the needs of students who may not otherwise have the school supplies they need to be successful. More than 25,000 students in the Quad Cities schools are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. Some Quad Cities school districts have as many as 90% of the total student population qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Supplies collected through the First Day Project helps meet the needs of thousands of students to enable them to start the school year with confidence.
Donations will be accepted weekdays at these locations:

IOWA – July 1 – July 31
Bettendorf CSD Administration Center - 3311 18th St., Bettendorf, IA
Davenport Community School District  -   1606 Brady St., Davenport (Monday – Thursday)
Pleasant Valley High School – 604 Belmont Rd., Bettendorf
ILLINOIS – July 1-22
Moline SD Administration Center - 1619 11th Ave, Moline
Rock Island/Milan SD Administration Center – 2101 6th Ave., Rock Island
Chris Elsberg State Farm Insurance Agency – 855 46th Ave, Rock Island
Blackhawk Bank & Trust – 38th Street & Blackhawk Road, Rock Island
Blackhawk Bank & Trust – 301 West 4th Street, Milan
East Moline Area (First Day Fund Inc.) – First Presbyterian Church (9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
               777 25th Ave., East Moline

Other 2017 Collection Sites
Ascentra Credit Union – Drop Off School Supplies July 1 – August 3
1710 Grant St., Bettendorf | 2339 53rd Ave., Bettendorf | 1515 W. 53rd St., Davenport | 1710 W. 3rd St., Davenport | 1800 Brady  St., Davenport | 949 Mississippi View Ct., LeClaire | 3005 7th St., Moline

Carpetland -  Drop Off School Supplies July 30
        4337 Brady St., Davenport | 4201 44th Ave., Moline

Ruhl & Ruhl-Drop off school supplies through July 30 at the following lcoations:
1228 Middle Road, Bettendorf, Iowa
4545 Welcome Way, Davenport, Iowa
1701 52nd Avenue, Moline, Illinois
5403 Victoria Avenue, Suite #100, Davenport, Iowa (Corporate Office)

HyVee - Back-to-School Pack the Bus Event
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23 – Devil Glen Rd., Bettendorf
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 30 – Utica Ridge & 53rd, Davenport

WQAD TV8 Drive through Drop Off  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, July 20
3003 Park 16th Street Moline

Monetary donations can also be made to specific districts or the project through the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend at http://bit.ly/FirstDayProject. 

Bikers for Backpacks QC is hosting its second annual Bikes for Backpacks ride on Sunday, July 30. More information is available on Facebook at bikersforbackpacksqc.

Other QC project supporters include QC United Way, Johannes Bus Service, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend,  and QC Family Focus.

“The number of students in need of our help increase each year,” said Dawn Saul, Communications  & Media  Relations, Davenport Community School District. “Thanks to the support our schools receive from our communities, service clubs, and local businesses we’ve been able to keep pace. We hope that every child in our Quad Cities community will start the first day of this school year with the supplies they need to be successful.”

School supplies used by all Quad Cities school districts include: crayons, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors, and backpacks.

The First Day Project districts will continue to work with current business partners and plan to develop new relationships to help provide school supplies to serve the needs of Quad City area students.

For more information about the First Day Project QC School Supply Drive or to help support area students contact Celeste Miller, Director of Communications, Bettendorf Community School District at cmiller@bettendorf.k12.ia.us  at (563) 359-3681, ext. 3005.

Follow the First Day Project on Facebook and Twitter at FirstDayProject 

The First Day Project was established in 2006 as a way to coordinate and enhance school supply collections taking place in different Quad City communities.

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The Heat Is On

As the song goes, the heat is on and will be on for a few more days and at this time of the year that also includes high humidity.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry County Health Department and she says that high heat and humidity affect everyone differently…

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Ms. Tucker adds that heat related issues can come on quickly particularly to those that already have health problems…

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Heat illness can come in various ways and excessive heat can affect the urological track which can lead to a serious effect on the kidneys…

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Veterans To Receive Scholarship Support


 

Scott Community College veteran students to receive scholarship support

Scott Community College Foundation is excited to share that they received notification today from The American Legion of Iowa Foundation that the college foundation will receive $2,000 again this year in support of veteran student scholarships.  This funding can be used to support two students at $1,000 each or four students at $500 each. 

 

The Scott Community College Foundation and The American Legion of Iowa Foundation have a long standing relationship with more than $13,000 awarded to Scott Community College veteran students since 2012.  These funds have greatly helped deserving veteran students with their tuition and book costs.  With great enthusiasm and pride, Lysa Hegland the Scott Community College Foundation Director shared, “we have greatly enjoyed working with The American Legion of Iowa Foundation to provide our veterans with additional financial support for their education.  Together we are showing our veterans that we are grateful for their service and we want them to continue to be successful.”  The Scott Community College Foundation also offers a Veteran’s Assistance Fund for veteran students who need to start classes before their entitlements begin to ensure they have their books and supplies needed on the first day of class.

 

Veteran students interested in applying for The American Legion of Iowa Foundation scholarship can go on-line starting August 1st to apply at www.eicc.edu/scholarships.  If you are interested in learning more about the Veteran’s Assistance Fund or you may be interested in providing support to help veteran students achieve their educational goals, please contact Lysa Hegland at 563-441-4063.

 

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for an iconic Davenport buildin

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for an iconic Davenport building. The landmark Twin Towers at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St., has been renovated inside and out.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the structure at 10 a.m on Monday, July 24, according to Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds general manager Shawn Loter.

The Twin Towers was built at what then was known as the Mississippi Valley Fair and Exposition Grounds in 1920. Designed by prominent Davenport architect Arthur H. Ebeling (1882-1965) and built by Walsh Construction Co., it contained offices and a dozen ticket windows.

It was completed in time for the first fair, a six-day event that opened Aug. 16, 1920, drawing more than 98,000 or 115,000 people, depending upon the various sources of information.

The Towers these days are used for offices, particularly during the fair. The recent renovation included new insulation, heating, plumbing, wiring, steel roof, windows and Internet connections.

Rotten wood under the stucco exterior was replaced and covered by new white stucco that will be illuminated by exterior lighting. New pennants fly atop flagpoles, one on each tower.

The facility also has been made handicap accessible, and there is new exterior concrete and landscaping.

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Grassley, Durbin: More Temporary Work Visas Harm American Workers

                        

 

                                                                                           

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Dick Durbin today made the following statement regarding the announced rule providing for 15,000 additional H-2B visas for temporary seasonal work during the remainder of fiscal year 2017. 

 

“While there may be legitimate needs among employers who rely on H-2B workers in certain sectors of the economy, a growing body of evidence shows that our increasing reliance on the H-2B visa program hurts wages for American workers, and puts their jobs at risk. New research suggests that wages in some H-2B fields have been stagnant for years. The Administration’s decision to increase the number of H-2B visas will only exacerbate this problem.”

 

Grassley and Durbin previously wrote to the Department of Homeland Security raising concerns about the H-2B program.

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Iowa needs an additional 127,700 residents to earn a two- or four-year college degree or other postsecondary credential to reach the goal of 70 percent of the workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025, according to the new Metrics that Matter report released by the Future Ready Iowa Alliance.

The report will help shape the recommendations the Alliance is developing for how to achieve the 70 percent goal, so more Iowans have rewarding careers and employers can hire the skilled workers they need.  Currently, 58 percent of Iowa’s workforce between ages 25 and 64 have a postsecondary degree or credential. The Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations on how to close Iowa’s skills gap are due Oct. 31, 2017.

“The information in this report provides 19 metrics to guide the direction we need to take as a state to close Iowa’s skills gap and achieve our goal of 70 percent of Iowans with postsecondary education or training in eight years,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds, who co-chairs the Future Ready Iowa Alliance along with Dan Houston, Chairman, President and CEO of Principal Financial Group. “Iowans are creative, resourceful and resilient and I am confident we will implement the necessary steps to help us meet the goal and strengthen Iowa’s economy.” 

Adults age 25 and older with no postsecondary degree or credential represent the largest target population for upskilling, with an estimated 325,992 Iowans falling into that category in 2016, the report found. Another 223.952 adults age 25 and older have some college, but no degree. For Iowa to reach its 70 percent goal by 2025, more than 127,000 residents in these and other groups will need to attain a postsecondary degree or credential.

“With the majority of Iowa's top jobs requiring a skilled workforce, the value of education beyond high school has never been greater,” said Ryan Wise, director of the Iowa Department of Education. “Our efforts to ensure students leave our K-12 schools with the education and skills needed to succeed are having an impact, but we still have work to do. Helping more Iowans earn postsecondary degrees and credentials is key to ensuring the state has a workforce ready to fill the high-quality, well-paying jobs and careers of today and tomorrow.”

Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said Iowa is already implementing initiatives to help Iowa close its skills gap such as Registered Apprenticeship and Home Base Iowa.

“From October 2016 through June of 2017, we have 72 new Registered Apprenticeship Programs,” said Director Townsend. “This earn while you learn model is an ideal solution for people currently in the workforce who need to continue to earn a paycheck while gaining additional skills. Through Home Base Iowa, transitioning service members and veterans and their immediate family who move to Iowa and require additional education can receive in-state tuition and other resources from Certified Higher Academic Military Partners.”

The Metrics that Matter report was prepared by Iowa Office of the Governor, Iowa Board of Regents, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Workforce Development, with support from the Lumina Foundation.

For additional information on the Future Ready Iowa initiative or the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, visit futurereadyiowa.gov. 

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